Gene Wilder played the role of the western gunslinger called "The Waco Kid" in the movie Blazing Saddles, a 1974 satirical Western comedy film directed by Mel Brooks.The film was nominated for three Academy Awards, and is ranked No. 6 on the American Film Institute's 100 Years...100 Laughs list.

The film satirizes the racism that was obscured by the myth-making Hollywood accounts of the American West, with the hero being a black sheriff in an all-white town.

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